~Blog Tour Extract~ The Darkest Lies by Barbara Copperthwaite

Hi everyone,

Today I’m one of two stops on the blog tour for Barbara Copperthwaite’s The Darkest Lies and I’ve got an extract to share with you all. And don’t forget to pop over to Emma at damppebbles.com, my blog tour buddy to catch her post too!

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About the book:

A mother desperate for the truth. A daughter hiding a terrible secret.

Melanie Oak appeared to have the perfect life. Married to her childhood sweetheart, Jacob, the couple live with their beautiful, loving, teenage daughter, Beth, in a pretty village.

Nothing can shake her happiness – until the day that Beth goes missing and is discovered beaten almost to the point of death, her broken body lying in a freezing creek on the marshes near their home.

Consumed with grief, Melanie is determined to find her daughter’s attacker. Someone in the village must have seen something. Why won’t they talk?

As Melanie tries to piece together what happened to Beth, she discovers that her innocent teenager has been harbouring some dark secrets of her own. The truth may lie closer to home and put Melanie’s life in terrible danger…

The Darkest Lies by Barbara Copperthwaite

About The Author:

The people behind the crime, from the perpetrator to the victim and beyond, are what intrigue Barbara Copperthwaite.

She was raised by the sea and in the countryside, where she became a lover of both nature and the written word – the latter leading to a successful career as a journalist. For over twenty years people have kindly and bravely shared with her their real experiences of being victims of crime. Now, through fiction, Barbara continues to explore the emotional repercussions.

 

An extract from The Darkest Lies…

 

PROLOGUE

The cry for help is ragged and desperate, the voice hitching. There is no one to hear it.

A moon hangs so fat it oozes an aura into the sky that almost blots out the stars surrounding it. It looks down on land as flat as an open palm, and as unforgiving as a clenched fist, and gives no answer to the screams of fear and rage that float up to it.

This is the wind’s playground. It races across the North Sea and hits the land full force. There is nothing to slow it; no hills, few trees or hedges here on land reclaimed from the water to create the marshes and fertile flats of Lincolnshire. It screams ecstatically, punching the handful of houses it comes across, revelling in its unfettered freedom as it rattles windows. On its journey it picks up the entreaties for help that are echoing into the sky. Hurls them across the landscape, as gleeful as a toddler with a toy.

‘Help me! Please! Help!’

There is no one to catch the words.

No one, except a lone figure, turning, walking away towards lights in the far-off distance.

CHAPTER ONE

BETH

FRIDAY 22 JANUARY

Beth chewed at her thumbnail as she stared at the clothes that were carefully folded in the bottom of the rucksack. Was she doing the right thing? Yes; there’d be no harm done, and no one need ever find out. This was not a big deal. Still she gnawed, worrying at the nail.

The thirteen-year-old suddenly yanked her thumb from her mouth. She must remember not to chew it tonight; it looked as if she was sucking it, like a baby. Tonight, she needed to show that she was grown-up, no longer a little girl.

Right, had she remembered everything? Yep, it looked like it.

It had taken ages to choose both her outfits. One for her parents; one for her secret. She slipped a jumper on and smoothed down the Minnie Mouse picture on the front. It was a firm favourite of her mum’s so it was the obvious choice, even though she didn’t like the childish top herself any more. Everything was perfect for tonight – and her parents would never guess in a million years.

A huge grin on her face, Beth glugged a glass of milk and set it down on her dressing table. Then called out: ‘Mu-um. You ready to go?’

A laugh floated up from downstairs. ‘Isn’t it normally me asking you that?’

Beth hurried downstairs with her rucksack, her dad making the usual joke about ‘a herd of elephants’. She gave him a peck on the cheek and a big hug, which he returned, but peered around her at the television.

‘Ooh, offside,’ he groaned.

‘See you tomorrow.’

‘Have a nice night, Beans.’ He grinned as he used her nickname, but continued watching the football, casting her only a sidelong glance.

Minutes later, Beth and her mum were wrapped in their hats and coats, and striding along with Wiggins by their side. The russet cocker spaniel held his nose high, tail swishing casually from side to side, catching various scents on the cold January air.

‘Hey, wouldn’t it be amazing if we could smell things the way Wiggins does? We could follow scent trails!’ Beth said.

She linked arms with her mum as they took the left-hand lane from the village crossroads on which they lived, towards the home of Beth’s best friend, Chloe.

‘Like a superhero? You could be called Dog Girl,’ her mum joked.

Beth wrinkled her nose. ‘Yeah, on second thoughts… The name’s not great, is it?’

‘What other superpowers would Dog Girl have?’

‘Well, okay, she could take all sorts of things from nature. Like, she could have echo-location, like a bat, so she could find her way in the dark. That’d be handy now!’

They giggled.

‘What are you up to with Chloe tonight, anyway? Pamper night? Watching a film?’

‘Yeah, we’ll probably watch a film. Not sure about the pampering – Chloe might not have any face packs.’

‘We could nip back and get some. There’s a couple in the bathroom cabinet.’

‘No. It’s fine. We’ll probably watch a film and eat a lot of chocolate.’

‘Want some money for a pizza? It’s a Friday night, you might as well treat yourselves.’

‘Ooh, great!’

Her mum stopped abruptly, waving the tenner at the sky before handing it over. ‘Look how big the moon is tonight.’

‘Is it a supermoon?’ Beth asked, gazing upward too. There had been one a few months earlier, and her dad had told her about how it was special, being closer to the earth and bringing bigger tides. That had been really cool.

‘Don’t think so, but it’s beautiful, isn’t it?’

She nodded. ‘I can see the man in the moon ever so clearly.’

Given that they had stopped, it seemed as good a time as any to try…

‘So, I might as well walk the rest of the way alone.’

‘No, I’ll walk you to the door. It’s dark, Beth.’

She gave her mum her very best puppy dog eyes look. If the plan were to work, her mum couldn’t take her to Chloe’s house. Despite her parents thinking she’d be spending the night there, she had no intention of setting foot inside the place.

‘I’m a teenager. I’m not a baby. Pur-lease, Mum!’

After a second or two, there came a reluctant nod. ‘Be careful.’

‘I will!’

‘I love you to bits and whole again,’ Mum added.

Beth felt her nose prickle with guilty tears. They had been saying that to each other since she was about four. She remembered it vividly, being cuddled on her mum’s lap; her feet tucked under Dad’s legs to keep them extra toasty warm. One hand twirling a piece of hair round and round and round her fingers as Dad read to them. She’d loved to hear the sound of his voice, but no matter how hard she’d fought, her eyelids had grown heavier and heavier and…

The sensation of weightlessness had woken her, as Dad carried her upstairs. When he’d tucked her in, he had stroked her face and kissed her forehead.

‘Sleep tight, Beans. I love you to the moon and back,’ he had murmured.

Beth had stirred sleepily. ‘To the moon? That’s a really, really, really long way.’

‘It is, but I love you so much that it would easily stretch all the way there and back again – and more.’

The next day her mum had walked her across the road to school, holding her hand. As Beth slipped from her grasp, her mum had pulled her back, into a bear hug.

‘Love you to bits,’ she’d whispered.

Beth had paused in her squirming. ‘To bits and back?’ she’d checked.

Her mum had laughed. ‘Er, yes, I suppose. To bits and whole again.’

Ever since, that saying had stuck. Hearing her mum use it now, Beth wanted to call a halt to her plan. To throw her arms around her and confess everything. She wanted to go home. She wanted to curl up and watch telly with Mum and Dad, while Wiggins did sneaky trumps that they all tried to blame on each other, laughing, even though they knew it was the dog. She wanted to tell her mum she’d love her forever and ever and ever, to bits and whole again.

Instead, she grinned cheekily, turned and skipped away like a little girl. Taking the mickey was easier than trying to articulate all of those feelings.

The wind plucked at her ponytail as she flew from sparse light pool to light pool between lamp posts until they ran out completely. The darkness swallowed her. Ahead she could feel her fate waiting for her and she rushed towards it eagerly. Tonight was going to be a big night.


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*Blog Tour* Sleep Tight by Caroline Mitchell

Hi everyone,

I’m one of three stops on the blog tour for Caroline Mitchell’s new book, Sleep Tight, and I get to share my review with you all. I’ve been dying to post this, as I was lucky enough to read the book back in February which feels like a lifetime ago now!

About the book:

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Close your eyes … Just pray you don’t wake up.
A killer stalks the streets of East London. All over the area, murdered young women are discovered, their bodies posed into a sickening recreation of fairytale princesses.

Detective Ruby Preston is determined to hunt down a disturbed individual who is using the women to realise his dark fantasies. But when body parts are found at the home of her lover, Nathan Crosby, Ruby is torn between her job and her heart.

Convinced that he is being framed, Ruby must catch the killer before Nathan becomes the number one suspect. But as more victims are found, it becomes harder to prove his innocence.

As Ruby starts to close in on the twisted individual, can she stop him before he strikes again? And how well does she really know the man she loves?

A terrifying, addictive serial killer thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat, for readers of Angela Marsons, Peter James and Rachel Abbott.

Grab your copy:

Sleep Tight by Caroline Mitchell

About the author:

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A former police detective, Caroline has worked in CID and specialised in roles dealing with vulnerable victims, high risk victims of domestic abuse, and serious sexual offences. 

Originally from Ireland, Caroline lives with her family in a pretty village on the coast of Essex.  She now writes full time.  

www.caroline-writes.com

 

My thoughts:

Having read and loved the first book in this series, Love You To Death, I was more than a little excited to be able to read a super secret early copy of Sleep Tight. I love nothing more than a good series, and I’m always afraid with the follow ups that they won’t live up to their predecessor, but hey, it’s Caroline Mitchell, it was always going to be brilliant!

We’re back with Ruby Preston and her team in Sleep Tight. Upon the discovery of a young woman’s body in a cemetery, the team are thrown into the twisted mind of a killer who will stop at nothing to stage his scenes. Recreating fairytale princesses, the killer mutilates his victims to look like specific characters from the old fairy stories, and leaves their bodies in plain sight to be discovered.

What follows is a thrilling and fast paced story, with an excellent ensemble cast of characters from the previous book, along with my favourite, Nathan Crosby. Crosby is Ruby’s lover (hate that word 😂), and the killer has implicated him in the murder of one of his victims. Upon discovery of incriminating evidence in his home, Crosby becomes the prime suspect. Ruby is convinced he’s not the killer, and she goes rogue to try and prove her theory.

The killer in this book is as twisted as the plot, which will definitely keep the reader on their toes. There are so many different threads and leads to follow, but the author does a great job of keeping it accessible for the reader. I’m not going to go any further into the plot, sufficed to say I wasn’t expecting Sleep Tight to sneak up and grab me, but that’s exactly what it did!

An excellent second installment in a series that could run and run. Sleep Tight is a brilliant, tense and gripping read. I blasted through the pages towards the end, I could not put it down.

Highly recommended!

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COVER REVEAL~Sleep Tight by Caroline Mitchell

Hi everyone,

I am beyond THRILLED to be taking part in an exclusive cover reveal for Caroline Mitchell’s forthcoming book, Sleep Tight!

Here is the all important bookish info, with the links included at the end so you guys can get to pre-ordering!!! 🙂

About the book:

Close your eyes … Just pray you don’t wake up.
A killer stalks the streets of East London. All over the area, murdered young women are discovered, their bodies posed into a sickening recreation of fairytale princesses.
Detective Ruby Preston is determined to hunt down a disturbed individual who is using the women to realise their twisted fantasies. But when body parts are found at the home of her lover, Nathan Crosby, Ruby is torn between her job and her heart.
Convinced that he is being framed, Ruby must catch the killer before Nathan becomes the number one suspect. But as more victims are found, it becomes harder to prove his innocence.
Ruby is in too deep, knowing that the cruel individual is getting ever closer, looking for his next beautiful victim. But can she stop a killer hell-bent on fulfilling their horrific desires – before it’s too late? And how well does she really know the man she loves?
A terrifying, addictive serial killer thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat, for readers of Angela Marsons, Peter James and Rachel Abbott.

PRE-ORDER SLEEP TIGHT RIGHT NOW:

About the Author:

A former police detective, Caroline has worked in CID and specialised in roles dealing with vulnerable victims, high risk victims of domestic abuse, and serious sexual offences. 

Originally from Ireland, Caroline lives with her family in a pretty village on the coast of Essex.  She now writes full time.  

www.caroline-writes.com

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And now, without further ado, FEAST YOUR EYES ON THIS GORGEOUS COVER FOR SLEEP TIGHT:

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I don’t know about you guys, but I LOVE IT!!!

What readers are saying about the Ruby Preston series

Oh my friggin God! Thisssss booooook! Su-bloody-perb! …a quadruple #HellYeah recommendation from me! Tantalisingly terrifying, twisted, and dark’ Crime Book Junkie

Just superb!! I can tell you, you will NOT know the ending until you get there!! It’s a shocker!’ Next Book Review

‘OMG what a corker of a book. I absolutely love Ruby.  I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough … Loved it, loved it, loved it.’ By The Letter Book Reviews

Compelling, absorbing, chilling, gruesome and freakishly brilliant.  Once I started reading, I didn’t want to stop.’  Jen Med’s Book Reviews (5*)

‘Ruby is an excellent character. Real, raw and utterly relatable’ Bibliophile Book Club (4*)

‘Caroline Mitchell creates some seriously dark and scary stuff ‘StefLoz Book Reviews

‘Fast paced, great lead character and twists and turns, what more could you ask for?’ Worcester Source (4*)

‘It will certainly have you holding your breath on more than one occasion… I really can’t wait for more from this series.’ Victoria Wilkinson – I Love Reading

Oh my God…this book blew me away! Kept me hooked right till the last page’ The Book Guzzler (5*)

‘Ruby, well she’s just in a league of her own. She shows so much strength yet I love the vulnerable side to her’ By The Letter Book Reviews (5*)

‘I think I pretty much held my breath through the last few chapters! There are twists and turns aplenty and it’s packed full of action and suspense’  Chat About Books (5*)

‘It’s a compelling and dark read; it gives you thrills, it gives you the fear and it gives you all the twists and turns you are looking for’ Chapterinmylife (5*)

A thrilling ride that blurs the boundary of what is right and what is wrong. The plot is terrifying yet somehow heartbreaking’ Kitty Catalyst – Bibliophile (5*)

 

*Blog Tour* While You Were Sleeping by Kathryn Croft

Hi everyone,

Today is my stop on the blog tour for While You Were Sleeping, the new psychological thriller from Bookouture author, Kathryn Croft.

*Many thanks to Bookouture for my Netgalley review copy*

Here’s all the bookish info you need:

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About the book:

You wake up to find the man beside you is dead.
He is not your husband. This is not your bed.
What do you do?

Tara Logan lives a quiet life with her husband, Noah, and two children, teenager Rosie and eleven-year-old Spencer.

But her peace is shattered when she wakes in her neighbour Lee’s bed, with no memory of how she got there or what happened between them.
And worse – he has been stabbed to death.

Convinced she didn’t kill Lee, Tara stays silent, fearing the truth will rip her family apart.

But as her daughter spirals out of control, and her husband becomes increasingly distant, Tara soon realises that someone in her life knows what really happened to Lee. She must get to the truth before they do.

Tara made a mistake … but will one night cost her everything?

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About the author:

Kathryn Croft is the bestselling author of The Girl With No Past, which spent over four weeks at number one in the Amazon chart. Her other novels, Behind Closed Doors and The Stranger Within, and The Girl You Lost all reached number one in the psychological thriller charts.

Her fifth novel, While You Were Sleeping, will be published on 16th November 2016, and is now available for preorder on Amazon.

After six years teaching secondary school English, Kathryn now writes full time and has a publishing deal with Bookouture.

Having always been an avid reader, Kathryn believes in the power of words to entertain, teach and transform lives. She is also a firm believer in following your dreams and says anything is possible if you work hard enough and never give up!

Kathryn lives in Guildford, Surrey with her husband, baby son and two cats.

http://www.kathryncroft.com

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My thoughts:

I knew Kathryn had a new book coming out, but I was really good and hadn’t requested it on Netgalley, and then I heard from the lovely Kim at Bookouture asking if I’d take part in the blog tour. Having read and thoroughly enjoyed two of Kathryn’s previous books, how could I refuse?! 😂🙈

While You Were Sleeping is a psychological thriller which focuses on Tara Logan and her family and the effect that keeping secrets can have on your family, friends and those you are closest to. Tara wakes up next to her dead neighbour, in his bed. What happened to Lee? And why is Tara there?

I read this book in two sittings. I couldn’t put it down because the narrative is almost compulsive in its delivery. The characterisation is interesting too. To be honest, the only character I liked, was 11 year old Spencer. Intuitive but searingly innocent, he is the least tainted character in a book full of terrible people.

Secrets have the ability to destroy lives, and While You Were Sleeping is a good example of what can happen to those who hide things. It seems as though everyone is hiding something, which creates seriously unreliable narrators and makes the reader question everyone and their motives.

I found While You Were Sleeping to be a fast-paced read. Full of characters that are divisive and morally wrong, it’s definitely going to be interesting to see how other readers will get on! For me personally, it was not as gripping as her previous books but still a good read all the same. Pure escapism, with a hint of implausibility, but I was hooked nonetheless!

Previous Kathryn Croft reviews:

The Girl With No Past by Kathryn Croft

The Girl You Lost by Kathryn Croft

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*Blog Tour* Love You To Death by Caroline Mitchell

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Today is my stop on the Love You To Death blog tour and I’m delighted to finally be able to share my review with you all! 😊

*Many thanks to Bookouture for my Netgalley review copy*

About the book:

‘I’m not your mother. You’re a monster. I don’t want you’

Women who gave a child up for adoption are being killed. A knock at their front door begins a nightmare from which they will never wake up.

For Detective Ruby Preston and her team, it is a race against time to connect the dots before the killer can strike again. But when Ruby receives a sinister email, the case takes a terrifying personal twist.

Could the clues to the identity of the killer lie in Ruby’s own past?

Who can she trust with her secrets?

And could Ruby be next?

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About the author:

A former police detective, Caroline has worked in CID and specialised in roles dealing with vulnerable victims, high risk victims of domestic abuse, and serious sexual offences. Originally from Ireland, Caroline lives with her family in a pretty village on the coast of Essex. She now writes full time.
Published by Bookouture, her DC Knight crime thriller series reached the number one position in the Amazon crime charts. Love You To Death, the first in her new series featuring DS Ruby Preston is due for publication 11th November 2016.

Her new psychological thriller, Witness, is published with Thomas & Mercer and due for publication 20th December 2016.

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My thoughts:

I’m a huge fan of Caroline Mitchell’s books so I was super excited to hear there was a new series coming out. Naturally I jumped at the chance to read and review. I’ve read all bar Paranormal Intruder (I’m a scaredy cat and it’s real life people!!!!!) so I couldn’t wait to get stuck in to Love You To Death.

This is the first book in the DS Ruby Preston series and I genuinely can’t wait to read more about Ruby because she’s an excellent character. Real, raw and utterly relatable, she has the makings of becoming a new favourite character for me.

The story in Love You to Death revolves around women who had given up a child for adoption and are ending up dead. Why them? What’s the connection? Who’s next?

What follows is a game of cat and mouse between Ruby and the killer. But there is so much more to this story. Ruby has her own issues from the past, and they are threatening to come to the surface and collide with the investigation which would have terrifying consequences.

I absolutely loved the characterisation in Love You To Death. There are some superb characters in there, with Ruby being a shining example. Special mention goes one of the creepiest antagonists I’ve seen in a while. Lads, children are scary, and no more so when they’re unhinged and not what they seem to be. There’s an almost Stephen King-ish vibe in Love You To Death thanks to this, and it made my skin crawl more than once. Kudos to Caroline Mitchell for managing to freak me out with a crime book 😱

Love You To Death also deals with adoption, which isn’t usually something you read about in crime books. Fostering is usually more prevalent so it was interesting to see it used in here. Adoption can be a tricky subject, especially if you throw in a murderer hell bent on retribution into the mix. I’m adopted, so oddly enough I could empathise on a basic level, at certain points in the novel (No, I’m not a psychopath!!! 😂). Adoption is a very personal thing, and I though it was dealt with really well throughout the novel.

So yeah, massively loved this one. A new, fresh and exciting start to a series. And knowing Caroline’s work, a series that will only keep on improving with each book! So keep them coming lady!!! 😉

All the stars ⭐️

Other Caroline Mitchell reviews:

Don’t Turn Around by Caroline Mitchell

Time To Die by Caroline Mitchell 

The Silent Twin by Caroline Mitchell Blog Tour

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*Blog Tour* The Girls Next Door by Mel Sherratt

Hi everyone,

Today is my stop on the blog tour for Mel Sherratt’s latest book along with Chelles Book Reviews, so make sure you pop over to Shell’s blog too.

I get to post an extract for you guys today as part of the tour. More of that in a bit, I’m going to give you all the bookish info first! 🙂

About the book:

One warm spring evening, five teenagers meet in a local park. Only four will come out alive.

Six months after the stabbing of sixteen-year-old Deanna Barker, someone is coming after the teenagers of Stockleigh, as a spate of vicious assaults rocks this small community. Revenge for Deanna? Or something more?

Detective Eden Berrisford is locked into a race against time to catch the twisted individual behind the attacks – but when her own niece, Jess Mountford, goes missing, the case gets personal.

With the kidnapper threatening Jess’s life, can Eden bring back her niece to safety? Or will the people of Stockleigh be forced to mourn another daughter…?

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About Mel Sherratt (via Goodreads):

I write police procedurals, psychological suspense and women’s fiction with a punch – or grit-lit, as I call it. Shortlisted for the prestigious CWA (Crime Writer’s Association) Dagger in Library Award 2014, my inspiration comes from authors such as Martina Cole, Lynda la Plante, Mandasue Heller and Elizabeth Haynes.

TAUNTING THE DEAD is part police procedural/part psychological thriller. It has been a standalone for two years but I have now written two more books with Detective Sergeant Allie Shenton as a main character and created a new series. FOLLOW THE LEADER will be published on 10 February 2015 followed by ONLY THE BRAVE on 26 May 2015.

THE ESTATE SERIES are a mix of women’s fiction, psychological suspense and crime thriller. They are often too dark for women’s fiction alone – although the subject matters and issues are often referred to in this genre – too light in places for crime thrillers, and often not enough for the psychological suspense readers out there. They are drama meets crime.

WATCHING OVER YOU is a standalone psychological thriller. It’s dark in places, light in places, disturbing in places too – where obsession and friendship turns to murder.

I live in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, with my husband and terrier, Dexter (named after the TV serial killer) and makes liberal use of my hometown as a backdrop for some of my books. You can find out more at my website www.melsherratt.co.uk or I’m on Twitter at @writermels

Here’s the link to my review too in case you missed it:

The Girls Next Door by Mel Sherratt

Now, as part of the blog tour four of us are posting a page each from the full extract from The Girls Next Door and I’m continuing on from Lorraine over at The Book Review Café, so here’s the next part of the extract:

 

Extract from The Girls Next Door….

‘She’s not a bimbo!’ Katie tried to sound outraged, but her voice didn’t carry as much authority as she had hoped.

The two boys with Nathan began to snigger. She had seen them both before several times: Twins Tom and Craig Cartwright. They were all wide-eyed and their mood seemed a little oppressive. Craig was checking his phone and Tom kept looking over towards the path that led into the subway.

‘So you’re all alone.’ Nathan asked a question that obviously needed no answer. ‘It’ll be nice to get to know you at last, once we’ve sorted some business out.’

Katie tried not to grimace as he thrust his face nearer to hers, his breath rank. He’d definitely been taking something.

‘Do you want a smoke?’ he asked, pushing a spliff to her lips.

‘No, thanks.’ Katie disliked it with a passion after watching her granddad smoke forty a day and die a painful death from lung cancer. Alcohol she was fine with, and the odd happy pill. But these boys had taken more than that, it seemed. Nathan’s pupils were like black bullet holes.

‘So where is Jess?’ he asked again, looking at his watch before glancing down the bank.

‘She’s poorly.’

Nathan pulled a sad face. ‘Don’t worry, we’ll keep you company. Won’t we, lads?’

Katie swallowed. Being on her own with Nathan would be bad enough but with these two loons as well? She had to be home by ten anyway, but she would stay for an hour and then maybe slip off on the pretence of getting some lager or something. She’d kill Jess when she got her hands on her. That bloody Cayden!

‘He’s on his way,’ said Craig, pointing down below. They all followed the direction of his finger.

Katie could see someone walking along the path. He wore baggy jeans, trainers and a black hoodie with a yellow emblem on the back, the hood pulled up so his face was almost hidden.

‘Who’s that?’ she asked, sensing the mood darkening even further.


Catch the next extract over with Chelsea at The Suspense is Thrilling Me on November 1st and with Kerry at Chat About Books on November 2nd…

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*Blog Tour* The Killing Game by JS Carol


*Many thanks to Bookouture for my review copy*

About the book:

Imagine you are having lunch at an exclusive restaurant, filled with Hollywood’s hottest stars.

And a masked gunman walks in and takes everyone hostage.

You must bargain for your life against a twisted individual who knows everything about you.

He also has a bomb set to detonate if his heart rate changes.

If he dies. You die.

You have four hours to stay alive.

What would you do?

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About the author:

James Carol is the bestselling author of BROKEN DOLLS, the first in a series featuring former FBI profiler Jefferson Winter. The novel was released in the UK in January 2014 to rave reviews and reached number 1 on the Amazon fiction and thriller charts. In addition James is writing a series of eBooks set during Winter’s FBI days. PRESUMED GUILTY is the first of these. Under the pseudonym J.S. Carol, he has also written THE KILLING GAME.


My thoughts:

When I got contacted by the lovely Kim Nash at Bookouture with a super secret ARC to read and review, I knew I’d be a fool to say no. One of my favourite authors, James Carol, was signed to Bookouture earlier this year and Kim gave me the opportunity to read his newest standalone novel, The Killing Game. Cue smiling like a loon and being all giddy at the thought of reading this book before release 😂

James Carol is the author of the Jefferson Winter series, Broken Dolls, Watch Me and Prey. I can’t praise these books highly enough and I was super excited to read his latest offering for Bookouture.

The Killing Game is an adrenaline-filled, heart-pounding roller coaster full of action. From the first to the last page, I was completely and utterly at the mercy of this book. I was turning the pages like they were on fire, it was that good!!!

The story focuses on a hostage situation in a restaurant in LA. A man with a bomb strapped to his body has a room filled with influential and important movie industry people and the story is told in a short timeline but it manages to pack a very weighty punch. The reader becomes invested in all of the characters, willing them to cooperate and to stay invisible to the bomber.

What follows is a pulse pounding thriller. Who is the bomber? Why is he there? What does he want? These questions ultimately get answered but the journey to these answers is not without peril for all involved. The characters are all so engaging, including those who are reporting from outside the building. Carol has done an excellent job in showing just how ruthless the 24 hour news cycle can be in terms of getting the story.

The Killing Game reads like an action movie. It’s a cross between 24 and any Bruce Willis film in the vein of Die Hard or Hostage. I cannot verbalise how much I enjoyed this book. It is a page turning thriller of the highest degree. The tension and the pressure is ramped up from the beginning and it doesn’t let up!

Are you ready for The Killing Game?! 

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